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Friday 31 December 2010

For auld lang syne (a scottish tribute to nostalgia by Robert Burns)

Traditional Song
Modern English Translation
Auld Lang Syne
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And never brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And days o’ lang syne!
For auld lang syne, my dear 
For auld lang syne, 
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet 
For auld lang syne!
We twa hae run about the braes, 
And pu’d the gowans fine, 
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot 
Sin’ auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidl’t in the burn 
Frae morning sun till dine, 
But seas between us braid hae roar’d 
Sin’ auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere, 
And gie’s a hand o’ thine, 
And we’ll tak a right guid willie-waught 
For auld lang syne!
And surely ye’ll be your pint’ stoup, 
And surely I’ll be mine! 
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet 
For auld lang syne!
Times Gone By
Should old acquaintances be forgotten, 
And never brought to mind? 
Should old acquaintances be forgotten, 
And days of long ago!
For times gone by, my dear 
For times gone by, 
We will take a cup of kindness yet 
For times gone by.
We two have run about the hillsides 
And pulled the daisies fine, 
But we have wandered many a weary foot 
For times gone by.
We two have paddled (waded) in the stream 
From noon until dinner time, 
But seas between us broad have roared 
Since times gone by.
And there is a hand, my trusty friend, 
And give us a hand of yours, 
And we will take a goodwill drink (of ale) 
For times gone by!
And surely you will pay for your pint, 
And surely I will pay for mine! 
And we will take a cup of kindness yet 
For times gone by!


175 - The Whisky of 2010.


Wednesday 29 December 2010

Sunday 26 December 2010

Friday 24 December 2010

Monday 20 December 2010

Wednesday 15 December 2010

Monday 13 December 2010

Thursday 9 December 2010

Tuesday 30 November 2010

Thursday 25 November 2010

Monday 22 November 2010

Tuesday 16 November 2010 @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 23/23 (Clearing up after the Show) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 22/23 (Concluding the Festival) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 21/23 (Festival feed-back) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 20/23 ( Mark the organizer) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 19/23 ( Ian Gray malt-artist) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 18/23 ( Fred Laing's tasting-talk) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 17/23 ( Ian Buxton @ 101whiskies) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 16/23 (James @ Strath Lomond Water) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 15/23 (chatting with the maltsters) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 14/23 (Jamie @ Glenfiddich) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 13/23 (Phil @ Pernod Ricard) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 12/23 (Joanne & Natalie @ Bruichladdich) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 11/23 (Paul @ S.W.S.) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 10/23 (Colin @ Auchentoshan) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 9/23 (John @ Kilchoman) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 8/23 (Jacque @ Duncan Taylor) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 7/23 (Susan @ Wemyss) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 6/23 (Fred@Laing Bros:) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 5/23 (Andrew@Vintage Co:) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 4/23 (Gordon@Pulteney) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 3/23 @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 2/23 (Dr IaIn's Chemistry tips) @ Glasgow's Whisky Festival 1/23

Friday 12 November 2010

Tuesday 9 November 2010

Sunday 7 November 2010

Thursday 4 November 2010

Tuesday 2 November 2010

Monday 1 November 2010

Saturday 30 October 2010

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Monday 25 October 2010

Wednesday 20 October 2010

Thursday 14 October 2010

Tuesday 12 October 2010

Thursday 7 October 2010

Monday 4 October 2010

Tuesday 21 September 2010

Thursday 16 September 2010

... Re-locating from Artisan-Studio to Craft-Bothy !!!

Hello all you Malt-mates.
... just a minding that is 
in the process of re-locating from the fine
artisnal-studio in the heart of Glasgow
to the more rustic craft-bothy in
the heart of the Isle of Mann, somewhere
in the middle of the Irish Sea...
... excellent.

More, fresh-brewed and lovingly distilled review will
be heading your way within the next week.

... oh !!!   such malty-excitement !!!
See you's soon 

Tuesday 7 September 2010

Sunday 29 August 2010

The e-bay Inchgower Raymond/ralfy bottle.

On behalf of Raymond and the Bladnoch Team .... plus myself, the Malt-punk called ralfy(.com) I would like to say a few thanks here....

Thanks to Raymond and Bladnoch for supporting the wild-fire idea of this unique bottle. The whole idea has been to demonstrate one of the ideas to be found at "Ideas For Distillers" where the influence of the internet can facilitate the interaction of small Distillery, internet commentator, the World internet whisky community and a bidder prepared to commit cash to conclude the interaction.
The Distillery gets publicity, the commentator too with a special Vlog ! ... the World whisky community gets an interesting and truly original Event (something like this has never been done before ! ).
 The bidder gets a unique collectable bottle completely detached from the 'applied' collect-ability of Marketing Departments.
 Importantly, the Distillery's local community gets some valuable cash to benefit those in need. (big shout for the Wigtown Players !) 
 From the steady trickle of feedback I have received, it's clear much interest and support has been forthcoming from a wide variety of whisky-interests, and we now have a successful conclusion with 1724 visits to the e-bay post, 36 bids placed for the bottles, and £370 raised for the Wigtown Players Charity Group. To the guy who won the bidding,  ... good luck !  and if you decide to drink the contents, remember to use a good glass, fresh water,  and choose good company to share the experience with....  

Thanks Everyone !

Thursday 26 August 2010

Tuesday 24 August 2010

Wednesday 18 August 2010

Bladnoch Forum Bottling Factory & Collectable One-off (for local charity!)

The ebay entry for the Inchgower goes live on Thursday evening at 20.30pm  and runs for 10 days until Sunday week.
There's no reserve although it has a minimum starting bid of £50 (if that's not a contradition)
hopefully it will make a few quid for charity,  a very old Wigtown Charity called the Wigtown 
Players who provide Christmas dinner for old folk.

EBAY Title
28yo Inchgower, UTube bottle signed by Ralfy & Raymond

... happy bidding Malty M'philanthropists !!!

Wednesday 28 July 2010

Friday 2 July 2010

Sunday 20 June 2010

Monday 31 May 2010

Monday 10 May 2010

Monday 3 May 2010

Monday 26 April 2010

Tuesday 20 April 2010

Wednesday 14 April 2010

Thursday 8 April 2010

Monday 29 March 2010

Wednesday 24 March 2010

Monday 22 March 2010

Thursday 18 March 2010

MacSorley's Abhainn Dearg Cask Opening (filmed by Mark )

... a wee Vlog of the Official opening of the Abhainn Dearg Cask courtesy of Mark at Glasgow's Whisky Club !

118 - Handy Hints 7 8 & 9 (Festival advice)

Monday 15 March 2010

Saturday 27 February 2010

Wednesday 24 February 2010

Sunday 14 February 2010

Wednesday 10 February 2010

Monday 8 February 2010

Wednesday 3 February 2010

Monday 18 January 2010

103 - Brora (Duncan Taylor 27yo Cask 1427)

Serge at has just e-published a History of Brora and it is well worth a read for all you Malt-squirrils...

Tuesday 12 January 2010

Wednesday 6 January 2010

Monday 4 January 2010

Ideas for Distillers - now a feature at

... this is intended as an open and free List of practical ideas for all Independent Distillers in the World who wish to consider options for developing and promoting Craft Spirits (whatever they may be), bottling at cask or high strength (46%), free of artificial additives, flavour inhibiting chill-filtration and also engaging more deeply with customers whilst supporting local communities in mutually sustainable ways, ... free of Corporate cynicism, extravagant marketing and excessive margins, ... keeping the Banks involvement to a minimum.
... a big job,
... good luck.